Pilgrimage is an ancient Christian practice that was largely lost through the centuries. At one time, it was common to make pilgrimage to places considered sacred and holy to Christians — Jerusalem, Rome and later Santiago and Assisi.
Historically, pilgrims would save up resources for years to embark on foot across many miles for many days. The journey could be quite treacherous. Driven by devotion, pilgrims would often risk their lives and at time lose their lives along the way.
The purpose of pilgrimage is to set apart a period of time to prayerfully devote one’s whole self to God. Through the act of rising early and walking for hours on end, one devotes body, mind and soul to God for purification. The act of walking provides a singular focus for pursuing God. So in essence, pilgrimage can be made in most anywhere, to most any destination.
On occasion, Gravity facilitates religious pilgrimage to Assisi as well as solidarity pilgrimages to places in South and Southeast Asia and Africa.
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The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way by Helen Bacovcin
The Way is Made by Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino de Santiago by Arthur Paul Boers
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Road to Emmaus: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life by Jim Forest
Pilgrimage of a Soul by Phileena Heuertz
Walk in a Relaxed Manner: Life Lessons from the Camino by Joyce Rupp